Forget your guidebook? The real stuff comes from the mouths of the locals! Explore some famous landmarks as well as hidden gems on this Bangkok day tour that takes you through the city by bus, on foot, and by boat!
You'll begin this Bangkok tour by hopping on a local public bus and heading to Wat Po. A temple that is integral to the Buddhist religion in Thailand, it's home to the famous golden reclining Buddha and is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. This is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok, and with our local guide to take your through the temples, you'll hear all the secret stories and gain local knowledge about the place.
You'll continue on this tour by walking down to the Chao Phraya River, or River of Kings, where you'll board a longtail boat. The name of the river perfectly reflects this part of the tour; you'll feel like royalty on your relaxing journey down the River of Kings! This is the reason why Bangkok is known as the "Venice of the East', and you'll explore this nickname further on this Bangkok boat tour as you glide through the network of "khlongs', or canals. Many of the khlongs have been filled in over the years and converted into roads. These roads have turned into little Thai communities, and as you swoop through the waters you'll discover insights into these little communities. This area of Bangkok feels like a world away from the busy streets and chaos, so this Bangkok canals tour is a welcome break from the bustling city centre!
Following the canal tour, we'll visit a famous old Chinese shrine, Tien-Aun-Keng, which was built in the reign of King Rama III. Inside is a statue of Guanyin, the Buddhist 'Goddess of Mercy'. We then take a walk through the nearby grounds of a Catholic church that was constructed in 1770. Over the next 65 years, the wooden church fell into a state of disrepair, until 1835, when Cardinal Pallegoix built a second church to replace the wooden one. Due to the Chinese-inspired design of the church, the locals call this church as 'Wat Kudee Jeen' or the Chinese Church. The area is home to one of the oldest Chinese communities outside China - and is also home to a famous pastry! It's here that locals bake the famous Portuguese cake known as kudee jeen, which is believed to be the first cake in the kingdom of Thailand. Of course, we'll stop at a local cake shop for a snack and cool drink.
Our next stop will be at Wat Kalayanimitr, which is home to a large complex housing thousands of artifacts and images of Buddha. The temple was built during the reign of King Rama III (early 19th century) when the kingdom's trade with China was at its peak. We'll take a small ferry across the Chapraya River to Yodpiman pier to finish tour.
Your tour will finish up at Yodpiman Pier, where you can continue to explore on your own, or your local guide will be happy to give you directions back to your accommodation. This tour shows you a truly unique side of the city that you won't find on any of the other day tours in Bangkok, and it gives you the opportunity to visit both famous sights and hidden spots, exploring them through the eyes of a local.